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You Got an Award! Now What?

The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has completed the VCAAP granting process and all grant awards will be executed before the end of December 2020. For those that received support through the various VCAAP programs, we truly hope that the assistance is helpful to your business during these difficult times.   

VCAAP grant recipients should reference their award email, or the Agency’s website, for the full list of Terms and Conditions. Below are some key things to be aware of going forward:   

  1. VCAAP grant award checks must be deposited prior to December 30, 2020.   

  1. Expect to receive a 1099 form to include with your 2020 tax return.   

  1. Connect with your bookkeeper or tax preparer with further questions.   

  1. All grant recipients and their grant award amount are considered public information. The Agency will post grant recipient names and grant amounts on our website.  

  1. Keep all information related to your VCAAP grant award for your records in case of a program audit.  

Read Terms and Conditions Here
Better Places Grant

$90,000 in grant funding is available to help Vermont communities reimagine and reopen public spaces for safe dining, shopping, and recreation, while showcasing the unique sense of place their community offers. Municipalities, local community groups, and nonprofit entities with documented municipal support are eligible to apply. Award amounts will range between $5,000 and $20,000. 

Applications Due: January 22, 2021 

Online Hemp Registration

We are excited to announce the opening of the online registration and compliance portal for the Vermont Hemp Program. The portal allows farmers to pay for their registration online, access a copy of their registration, and print maps of cultivation, drying and storage areas, processing locations and other information from the registrant’s account. It also provides a platform for users to maintain records required by the Vermont Hemp Rules. Producers are required to register with the Agency annually. 

Artist Development Grants

Grants between $250 and $1,000 are available to fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist’s craft or skills; activities that increase the viability of an artist's business; or for artist educators who are developing skills to provide remote instruction in K-12 schools during COVID-19. Funding may also support aspects of the creation of new work when the activity allows the grantee to accept a rare and important opportunity.

Application Deadlines: Jan. 11 & May 10

Maple Market Research

In case you missed it, this past year we conducted extensive market research on maple syrup and value-added products to determine market conditions, trends in consumer demand, and current distribution channels. The purpose of the research was to outline the most advantageous strategies for Vermont maple syrup producers to be competitive in a global market. The full report is available for download on our website. 

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